Drive is a 2011 American action drama film directed by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. The screenplay, written by Hossein Amini, is based on James Sallis’ 2005 novel Drive. The film stars Ryan Gosling as an unnamed Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver.
He quickly grows fond of his neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan), and her young son, Benicio. When her debt-ridden husband, Standard (Oscar Isaac), is released from prison, the two men take part in what turns out to be a botched million-dollar heist that endangers the lives of everyone involved. The film co-stars Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, and Albert Brooks.
- Starring : Ryan Gosling / Carey Mulligan
- Genre : Crime / Drama
- Country : United States
- Language : English / Spanish
- Director : Nicolas Winding Refn
- Production : FilmDistrict / Bold Films / MWM Studios / Marc Platt Productions / Motel Movies / Drive Film Holdings / Oddlot Entertainmente
- Distributor : Must Käsi / 01 Distribution / Alliance Vivafilm / Cineforum / Cinéart / Energía Entusiasta / FS Film / FilmDistrict / Forum Hungary / Icon Film Distribution / Le Pacte / Maple Pictures / Nu Metro Cinemas / Pinnacle Films / Shaw Organisation / Spentzos Films / Svensk Filmindustri (SF) / Svensk Filmindustri / The Klockworx / Universal Pictures International (UPI) / Universum Film (UFA) / Viva International Pictures / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Wild Side Films / Argentina Video Home / Ascot Elite Entertainment Group / Blue Sky Media / British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) / DT Production / Film1 / Golden Scene / Italia Film International / MG Film / Mongkol Major / Nelonen / Pancinema / Pris Audiovisuais / RTL Entertainment / Red Apollo Group / Rok Americas / Shapira Films / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Telepool / Twin Pics
Drive release date
- May 20, 2011 : France (Cannes Film Festival)
- June 17, 2011 : USA (Los Angeles Film Festival)
- August 6, 2011 : Switzerland (Locarno Film Festival)
- August 13, 2011 : UK (Empire Big Screen)
- September 3, 2011 : France (Deauville American Film Festival)
- September 10, 2011 : Canada (Toronto International Film Festival)
- September 10, 2011 : France (L’Étrange Festival)
- September 16, 2011 : Canada
- September 16, 2011 : USA
- September 23, 2011 : UK
- September 23, 2011 : Ireland
- September 24, 2011 : Spain (Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival)
- September 30, 2011 : India
- October 5, 2011 : France
- October 15, 2011 : Spain (Sitges Film Festival)
- October 27, 2011 : Australia
- November 3, 2011 : Israel
- November 3, 2011 : Singapore
- November 9, 2011 : Philippines
- November 11, 2011 : Sweden (Stockholm International Film Festival)
- November 12, 2011 : Spain (Festival Internacional de Cinema Negre de Manresa)
- November 18, 2011 : Sweden
- December 28, 2011 : Spain
- January 26, 2012 : Germany
- March 31, 2012 : Japan
- October 16, 2019 : Germany (Film Festival Cologne)
- Ryan Gosling as Driver
- Carey Mulligan as Irene
- Bryan Cranston as Shannon
- Albert Brooks as Bernie Rose
- Oscar Isaac as Standard
- Christina Hendricks as Blanche
- Ron Perlman as Nino
- Kaden Leos as Benicio
- Jeff Wolfe as Tan Suit
- James Biberi as Cook
- Russ Tamblyn as Doc
- Joe Bucaro III as Chauffeur(as Joey Bucaro)
- Tiara Parker as Young Woman
- Tim Trella as Hitman #1
- Jimmy Hart as Hitman #2
Producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel optioned the source novel after Siegel read a review from Publishers Weekly. Adapting the book proved to be challenging for Amini, as it had a nonlinear narrative. Gosling, one of Platt’s top casting choices, eventually signed on for the lead, as he wanted to star in an action-oriented project. Gosling played a pivotal role in the film’s production, which included hiring Refn as director and Beth Mickle as production designer. Newton Thomas Sigel oversaw the principal photography, which started on September 25, 2010, was shot on location in various parts of Los Angeles, and ended on November 12.
Before its September 2011 release, Drive had been shown at a number of film festivals, including the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation. Refn won the festival’s Best Director Award. The film received widespread praise for its direction, performances, visuals, action sequences, and musical score; however, some critics were appalled by its graphic violence and found that potentially detrimental to the film’s box office success. Several critics listed Drive as one of the best films of 2011, including the National Board of Review. Its honors include a nomination for Best Sound Editing at the 84th Academy Awards.
An unnamed Driver works as a mechanic, a stunt double, a stunt driver, and a criminal-for-hire getaway car driver in Los Angeles, California. His jobs are all managed by auto shop owner Shannon, who persuades Jewish mobsters Bernie Rose and Nino to purchase a car for the Driver to race. The Driver meets his new neighbor, Irene, and grows close to her and her young son, Benicio. Their budding relationship is interrupted when Irene’s husband, Standard Gabriel, is released from prison.
Standard owes protection money from his time in prison and is beaten up by Albanian gangster Cook, who demands that Standard rob a pawnshop for $40,000 to pay off the debt. Cook gives Benicio a bullet as a symbol that he and his mother are in danger. The Driver, concerned for the safety of Irene and Benicio, offers to act as the getaway driver for the pawnshop robbery.
The job goes awry when the pawnshop owner shoots and kills Standard while the Driver is waiting for him with Cook’s accomplice, Blanche. Pursued by a mysterious adversary, the Driver and Blanche escape after an intense car chase. The Driver hides with Blanche in a motel where he learns from a news report that the pawnshop owner claims Standard performed the robbery by himself and no money had been stolen. The Driver slaps and threatens to hurt Blanche when she lies about being oblivious to the second car. She admits that the bag contains a million dollars and that she and Cook planned to re-steal the money for themselves using the car that chased them. Two of Cook’s men ambush them in their room and kill Blanche before the Driver kills them.
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